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Assessing the impact of NERICA on income and poverty in central and western Uganda

Yoko Kijima (), Keijiro Otsuka () and Dick Sserunkuuma

Agricultural Economics, 2008, vol. 38, issue 3, 327-337

Abstract: Persistent food shortage and poverty in sub‐Saharan Africa (SSA) are major development issues. New Rice for Africa (NERICA) was developed to boost crop yield and income of rural households in SSA. Although its high‐yielding traits have become fairly well known, there is no empirical analysis of its impact on income and poverty. By taking the case of Uganda where a NERICA promoting program was initiated as one of the major poverty eradication measures, this study attempts to compare actual income with the hypothetical income without NERICA. We found that introduction of NERICA decreases poverty to a significant extent without deteriorating income distribution.

Date: 2008
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